Amazon rejects Fire TV apps that peek over their walled garden

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Amazon is in the business to sell you an experience with the Fire TV, not just hardware. That’s why they’re able to sell the device at cost and keep the product line a worthwhile venture. When apps like homescreen replacements, launchers, and media players try to change that experience, Amazon has been swift in rejecting these apps from the official Fire TV Appstore. Read more ›

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How to Sideload Apps onto an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick using an Android Phone or Tablet

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The newly released Android app AGK Fire has made it easier than ever to sideload apps onto an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick using an Android smartphone or tablet. The app can not only install downloaded APKs like XBMC, but it can also install apps that are already installed on your smartphone or tablet. This means you can install an app from the Google Play store onto your Android device and then transfer that app to a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Read more ›

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How to move and run Amazon Fire TV apps from an External USB Storage Drive

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This guide will show you how to mount an external drive to your Amazon Fire TV via the devices USB port. Either a flash/thumb drive or external hard drive will work. We will then show you how to move apps from the devices internal storage to the external drive, freeing up valuable internal storage space while leaving the app fully functional. Read more ›

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How to install the Google Play Store on the Amazon Fire TV

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The Amazon Appstore is growing everyday, but if it’s offerings are not enough for you, here is how to install the Google Play Store on the Amazon Fire TV. Your Fire TV will have to be rooted to install the Google Play Store. You will also need a USB mouse for one of the steps. Once you have the Google Play Store installed, you will be able to download and install apps from the Play Store directly on your Amazon Fire TV. You will even have access to all of your past purchases from the Google Play Store. Read more ›

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How to play media files from External USB Storage on Amazon Fire TV

firetvscreenshot_20140615-192701Now that the Amazon Fire TV has been rooted, a slew of new capabilities can be unlocked. For starters, with a rooted Fire TV you can play media files from a USB drive or external hard drive. Read on for the full guide. Read more ›

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Alternatives to the Amazon Fire TV YouTube app

alternative-youtube-apps-headerThe YouTube app for the Amazon Fire TV leaves much to be desired. This is largely due to the app being a wrapper for www.youtube.com/tv instead of being natively written for the Fire TV. If you’re not satisfied with the YouTube experience on Fire TV, here are some alternatives.  Read more ›

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FiredTV Launcher is a Homescreen Replacement for Fire TV

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Homescreen replacement apps (i.e., launchers) are very common in the Android world. They allow you to change one of the fundamental aspects of an Android device by replacing what your device displays when you hit the home button. FiredTV Launcher is the first homescreen replacement app for the Fire TV. It’s purpose is to get you quicker access to your sideloaded apps.  Read more ›

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How to watch the 2014 World Cup LIVE on the Amazon Fire TV

world-cup-headerThe 2014 FIFA World Cup starts this week on June 12th and you can tune in live using your Amazon Fire TV. We’ve uncovered three different ways you can stream all the action. Each method has its pros and cons, so read on to figure out which will work best for your specific circumstances. Read more ›

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adbFire simplifies sideloading and sending XBMC files to the Fire TV

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A new Windows application, adbFire, has emerged to help make modifying XBMC on the Fire TV a little easier. The utility is similar to the Amazon FireTV Side App Installer, but adds the ability to send files to specific XBMC directories. It gets a bit tedious to open a command line and enter several commands just to achieve a simple task, so we’re happy to see helper utilities such as this emerging.  Read more ›

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XBMC 13.1 “Gotham” released for Fire TV

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Unquestionably the best app to sideload onto your Fire TV, XBMC, has just beend updated to version 13.1. This new version is a minor update focused on bringing an assortment of bug fixes to stabilize the slew of features introduced with the massive 13.0 update. Read on for full instructions on how to backup your XBMC settings and upgrade to the latest version on your Fire TV.  Read more ›

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